Wildcats Prepare for LSSU and FSU This Weekend

Wildcats Prepare for LSSU and FSU This Weekend

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Men's Basketball team for Northern Michigan University continues Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference action as they return to the Berry Events Center to take on Lake Superior State University Thursday night and Ferris State University Saturday afternoon. 

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

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Thursday vs. Lake Superior State: 7:30 P.M.

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Saturday vs. Ferris State: 3 P.M.

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  LAST TIME OUT

The Wildcats opened the 2019 portion of their season by visiting Wayne State University and #10 Ashland University last week. Against the Warriors, shooting woes in the second half proved too much to overcome for the Wildcats as they fell 73-51.  On Saturday, another shooting slump was costly as the ranked Eagles finished the game on an 11-4 run over the final three minutes to take the victory.

  HOME SUCCESS

The Wildcats are 5-0 inside the Berry Events Center this season and are winning by an average of nearly 20 points, 83.8-64.4. NMU is shooting 52% from the field at home and are 45% from behind the arc while shooting 75% from the free throw line.  Another key to their success on the home floor are strong starts. In their five games at home, the Wildcats have outscored opponents 220-142, leading the first half 44.0-28.5.

  VALUE THE BALL

This year's squad has valued each possession as they rank fourth nationally with just 9.0 turnovers per game. Their nine turnovers are two fewer than anyone else in the GLIAC. They are also tenth nationally in turnovers, as they have only committed 117 turnovers on the season.

Defensively, the Wildcats have forced their opponents into 12.3 turnovers per game.

  SCORING POINTS

NMU continues to feature the top two scorers in the league. Senior Isaiah Johnson (Whitefish Bay, Wis.) paces the GLIAC with 23.1 points per game this season. He has reached 30 points three times, including 30 in Saturday's game at Ashland. His average places him 11th in Division II while he is 17th in both total points and in three-point shooting percentage, 48.6, which is fifth in the GLIAC.

Senior Naba Echols (Memphis, Tenn.) is second in the league at 18.2 points per game.  The point guards is fifth in the GLIAC with 4.2 turnovers and is third on the team in blocks per game.  He leads the conference with over five free throws made per game while shooting 88.9% from the charity stripe.

  NMU VERSUS LAKE STATE

NMU holds a 63-40 advantage in the all-time series but LSSU has won 11 straight matchups recently. The Lakers enter the week at 7-5 on the season and have won three of their past four games, including an 85-72 victory over Grand Valley State University. 

  NMU VERSUS FERRIS STATE

Ferris State is coming off their first-ever National Championship last season and are currently 11-6 this season. NMU does hold a 69-63 lead over the Bulldogs despite a current six-game winning streak in the all-time series.